Ennis-Flint, a road markings and traffic safety products supplier, has expanded its operations at its Lancashire headquarters in Chorley by 24,000 sq ft with Roundhouse Properties on a 10-year lease.
Keith Dawson, managing director of Ennis Flint in Europe, said: "Our strong growth fuelled by an increase in new business in the EMEA regions has meant we have needed a bigger site that gives us the ability to increase productivity. In addition, the benefit of being located next to the motorway means that we can despatch our products to UK and international clients quickly and efficiently.
"Furthermore, the local workforce was another deciding factor in increasing the size of our presence at Chorley North Industrial Park – we have access to highly trained people that are committed to working for one of the world's leading businesses in its field."
Another company which chose Roundhouse Properties' Chorley site to grow its fitness business is Service Sport. It recently re-located from Bolton to take in excess of 24,300 sq ft on a 10 year lease. Service Sport was established by managing director Colin Marriott who saw a gap in the market to offer an independent service maintaining and re-manufacturing gym equipment. The company currently turns over £5m a year and now employs 80 people based across the UK.
Roundhouse Properties' director, Harold Lefton added: "It's great to help two businesses that are achieving great success in their respective fields. Chorley North has always been a popular location because of the access to main motorway networks and of course the ability to tap into highly trained local staff. We're proud to be associated with Ennis Flint and Service Sport and look forward to work with them in the coming years to help the businesses to grow.
Joint agents for the property were Steve Capper from CBRE & Nick Kos from Bailey Deakin & Hamiltons. Mike Fetherstone of Napthens provided the legal advice for Roundhouse Properties.